Pete Townshend

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Peter Dennis Blandford Townshend, 19 May 1945, Chiswick, London, England, the son of singer Betty Dennis and respected saxophonist Cliff Townshend. Having served his apprenticeship playing banjo in a dixieland jazz band, Pete joined the Detours as rhythm guitarist. This local attraction, which also featured Roger Daltrey and John Entwistle, was a vital stepping-stone to the formation of the Who. Townshend emerged as leader of this turbulent unit by virtue of his compositional skills. Several early songs, notably ‘I Can’t Explain’, ‘The Kids Are Alright’ and ‘My Generation’, encapsulated the trials of adolescence while a virulent guitar-style which eschewed formal style in favour of an aggressive, combative approach, underlined a lyrical anger and frustration. Townshend later expanded his art to embrace character studies (‘Happy Jack’ and ‘Dogs’), but his songs did not translate well in other hands and singles...

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